- Megha Parajulee
- Professor, Faculty Fellow, and Texas A&M Regents Fellow
B.Sc. (Agric. Economics) – Y.S. Parmar University, Solan, India, 1987
I.Sc. (Agriculture) – Institute of Agriculture, Paklihawa, Nepal, 1982
Ph.D. (Entomology) – University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
M.S. (Entomology) – University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991
The mission of Texas A&M AgriLife Research is “to conduct basic and applied research programs for the benefit of the consumers and agricultural industry; maintain and enhance the environment and natural resources; insure a safe, wholesome and affordable supply of agricultural products; and contribute to the state’s economic viability, especially in the rural areas.” Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Lubbock is the largest of the 13 Research and Extension Centers of the Texas A&M University System, and was established in 1909 to serve the people of the Texas High Plains.
Dr. Parajulee has been serving the Lubbock Center since 2001 to help maintain and enhance a strong and effective program in Cotton Entomology that contributes to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research mission for the South Plains. He is dedicated to the goal of transcending clientele expectations and serving science and society through the tripartite mission of the land-grant university system. The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Cotton Entomology Program emphasizes the need for a greater understanding of the factors that enable the integration of different pest management approaches, with a broad objective of reducing unilateral reliance on chemical control and advancing the use of ecological methods. Thus, the scope and emphasis of Dr. Parajulee’s Research program is to develop biologically and ecologically intensive arthropod management strategies for Texas High Plains cotton.
The following list provides the diversity of research projects that are being conducted in the Cotton Entomology Program. Collaborators are listed in parentheses.
1. Development of economic threshold and management recommendations for Lygus plant bugs in Texas High Plains cotton.
2. High Plains cotton development of cultivars and IPM systems for organic cotton production (Dr. Jane Dever, Cotton Breeder, Texas A&M).
3. Cotton fleahopper and its damage to cotton as affected by plant water stress and insect seasonality (Dr. Michael Brewer, Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Corpus Christi).
4. Long-term monitoring of seasonal activity patterns of bollworm, tobacco budworm, and beet armyworm moths in the Texas High Plains.
5. Pyrethroid resistance monitoring of Helicoverpa zea in the Texas High Plains (Drs. Fred Musser and Randy Luttrell, Mississippi).
6. Quantifying the effect of soil applied nitrogen on cotton fleahopper population dynamics in a drip irrigation system.
7. Developing a treatment threshold for western flower thrips in cotton and characterize the compensatory potential of cotton after thrips injury.
8. Investigation of genetically modified cotton conferring Lygus-tolerance.
9. Cotton crop risk in changing environments: Interaction of water stress and early season arthropod pests (Drs. James Nechols and John Ruberson, Kansas State University; Dr. Glen Ritchie, Texas Tech University).